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Park Day at Rancocas Nature Center

The Friends of the Rancocas Nature Center are sponsoring Rancocas Park Day, a full day of programs for the entire family, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., October 13. Programs include talks from archaeologists, educators and professional researchers about nature topics such as ancient climate change and its effects on the Rancocas watershed, the history of the Lenape (Native American tribe) and of early settlements along the Rancocas Creek. An educational hike is scheduled from 2 to 3:30 p.m., and musical performances will enliven the afternoon. Ongoing events throughout the day include guided nature trail hikes, a photo contest, a crafts sale, children’s activities and the interactive creation of a ceramic mural.

The Rancocas Nature Center is a 127-acre parcel within Rancocas State Park where people of all ages can learn about and experience the natural world through regular outdoor classes and experiential learning opportunities. The Friends group formed when the center was almost closed last December. To save, maintain and develop the center, the Friends forged a partnership with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the Burlington County Freeholders and the Westampton Township.

Cost: $5 per car. Location: Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd., Westampton; follow signs for parking. For more information, call 609-261-2495 or visit

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